Evaluating and Using a Systematic Review
The PRISMA Statement notes that you should document the total number of studies you reviewed, including those you excluded from your systematic review.
- The PRISMA Checklist is also available as a word document or PDF on the PRISMA site.
- The PRISMA Flowchart is available as a word document on the PRISMA site.
Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria
- Chapter 5 of the Cochrane Handbook discusses inclusion and exclusion criteria for systematic reviews.
- The PRISMA Statement notes that you should document the total number of studies you reviewed, including those you excluded from your systematic review.
There are two kinds of screening:
- Practical screens identify potentially useful studies
- Methodological screens identify best available studies
Practical screening - some examples
- Date of publication - only studies conducted between 2005 and 2010
- Participants or subjects - only children 6 to 12 years of age
- Publication language - only materials written in English or French
- Research design - only clinical trials
Methodological screening - worksheet
RevMan is produced by the Cochrane Informatics Knowledge Management Department to help users working on protocols and full reviews. It is most useful when you have formulated the question for the review, and allows you to prepare the text, build the tables showing the characteristics of studies and the comparisons in the review, and add study data. It can perform meta-analyses and present the results graphically.
Screening Tools Comparison Chart